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My #iPhone6 predictions… #UrbanNewsTech #TechPress

(via: 9to5Mac)

(via: 9to5Mac)

Well, here we are. Nearly 2 months from the official Apple iPhone 6  launch. I have long been a fan of Apple. Year after year, I get excited. Not like a child on Christmas Eve, but more like my entire life is about to change. In a sense it’s like I know for a fact that on September 19th (25th, if reports of the launch are correct) that I’m going to win a few million dollars from the lottery. (OK, not THAT extreme). But every year, we see a few concepts designed by talented mobile development students and graphic design enthusiast. But I have a few predictions of my own, relating to the iPhone 6.

1. I have a feeling that the iPhone 6, 5.5 inch version will not be released alongside the 4.7 inch in September. It will launch alongside the iWatch, and I’m expecting that to be released towards the end of December, considering its not rumored to go into production until December. This explains why we haven’t seen any leaks of the gigantic iPhone Air 5.5

2. The visual specs of the 4.7 inch and the 5.5 inch will be nearly identical except I have a feeling that the 4.7 inch will will have a somewhat basic 10 megapixel camera, whereas the iPhone Air (5.5) will sport an upgraded camera featuring automatic, digital image stabilization and it will also feature some of the same sensors rumored to be inside of the iWatch. It will likely sport a  10-megapixel camera, but even more interesting is that it will have an aperture of f/1.8, an upgrade from the current f/2.2. Sources also claim Apple will replace the current hybrid IR filter with a resin lens filter made by JSR.

3. The 5.5 inch iPhone Air will be almost identical to last years iPad Air, only smaller. Less bezel will also be a factor and of course. It will feature a solid backing and the Apple Logo will officially light up, similar to the MacBook line-up.

4. The 5.5 inch iPhone should come with 128GB of storage, however I’m kind of on edge about this prediction, simply because the iPad Mini had a 128gb storage option and wasn’t a hot seller.

5. Faster wi-fi chip.

6. NFC, iBeacon and Wireless charging. I’m thinking Apple has figured out a way to integrate NFC and iBeacon.

@TheRVAlien on Twitter! Follow me, Let’s talk tech! Let me know your predictions!!!


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Chris Brown catches MAJOR HEAT on Season Premiere of #TheBoondocks!!!


Just when you thought life was over after the last season of The Boondocks, all hell broke through last night. The internet was in an uproar, Twitter went H1N1 (Ham), it seems that Virginia native Chris Brown was the subject of all jokes. The writers and producers of the show opened it’s fourth season with a bang!! Chris Brown, or shall we say Pretty Boy Flizzy, was a clone of the struggling singer. Someone that pretty much lives his life in complete chaos and trouble. If you tuned in to the show last night, what were your thoughts?? Honestly.


Sheen covergirl Antonia “Toya” Wright (@ToyaWright) celebrates her cover for @SheenMagazine!!!

IMG_9024Sheen Magazine COO, Sammi Hayes hosted alongside Sheen Magazine and their official “Love and Relationship Issue”, which features Mrs.Toya Wright.  Along with her husband Memphitz at Aurum Lounge in Atlanta.  According to attendees, the event attracted some of Atlanta’s hottest biggest names in the entertainment industry!


Sheen Magazine, a national and international distributed publication, had Aurum Lounge packed to capacity for the grand release of the magazine’s newest issue. The highlight of the evening was Sheen cover girl Antonia “Toya” Wright. Plus, Monyetta Shaw (New VH1’s Hollywod Exes Atlanta), Torrei Hart (Ex-wife of Kevin Hart), Neffe (Frankie & Neffe ), Sheree Buchanan (New VH1’s Hollywod Exes Atlanta) Kelsey Nykole(VH1 Couples Therapy) and more in support of Sheen Magazine’s “Cover Release”.


 According to Sammi Hayes in a recent press release:

The evening was simply spectacular as guests experienced live band performance by Steel Gray and The Factory as they danced the evening away to the sound tracks of DJ Damani King.  It was definitely a celebration to remember.  Sheen Magazine left an indelible mark upon the city of Atlanta.


My Secret To Losing 40 Pounds In Nearly Three Months!! #DaitronsNewLook

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(Above: November 2013)



(Above: January 2014)

To know what it’s like to struggle with weight is something that most Americans have become almost too familiar with. Most of us don’t know how serious obesity is until we are delivered news that is potentially life altering. I personally come from a family that struggles with weight related health issues on both my maternal and paternal sides of my family. When I was told I was borderline diabetic type 2 in December of 2013, I knew this news was something I had to adjust to, as I had already been diagnosed with high blood pressure in 2003, and high cholesterol in 2007. For some reason, unknown to me, I had never taken my previous diagnosis too seriously. Media had allowed black Americans to see HBP and high cholesterol as simply normal. Strangely I had actually begun eating more after being diagnosed with high blood pressure. It was almost normal for me to crawl out of bed at 2am to head to the kitchen to cook a cheese-steak and French fries, with a canned Pepsi. It was also pretty normal for me to eat fried chicken, macaroni and cheese and another Pepsi for breakfast. I had no idea that I was simply committing suicide.

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40 Pounds ago at my sister’s nursing graduation! Wowzers!



Now, 40 Pounds later… :-) Don’t I look happier AND healthier?

Why didn’t I care about the fact that I had three beautiful babies to live for? What weight does to your self esteem is a completely different stress factor. I would simply refuse to take pictures, I would simply refuse to attend events, I would simply hide in my house, in the darkest room I could find. It would cause problems, because with the weight, I developed a strong sense of insecurity. What if my woman found another man that “looked” far better that me? What if someone I went to school with spots me out and about? That would be almost too embarrassing. What if I go to my daughter’s school play and one of her friend’s were to joke about me being fat? I can’t imagine embarrassing her. The worse one was when my son asked me why I had boobs, or was he going to have rolls in the back of his neck when he grew up. These were all questions that were so hard for me to answer. I will keep this simple for you. My inability to accept the fact that I could die from diabetes or a weight related heart attack were enough for me to finally open my eyes, as well as my blood vessels. Immediately after that diabetes type 2 diagnoses, I immediately walked away from my addiction to SODA. I knew it was my weakness, I mean…I would drink a 12 pack of Pepsi, in literally one day. I also immediately quit FRIED FOOD. No fried chicken, no French fries what so ever. This new life style was almost exciting. It gave me hope. It gave me power. What no one seemed to understand was, I was literally a crackhead, except my addiction was food instead of crack. I couldn’t walk away from the addiction for some reason. I needed to eat in response to every emotion. But in order for me to finally end my addiction, I had to accept the fact that I was a #FoodAddict. So, I’m proud to say, after nearly 3 months of being focused and dedicated to my new lifestyle, I am now forty pounds lighter, and I want to show you exactly how you can do the exact same thing.


Face Difference after 40 Pounds

Daitron’s Five Rules…

  1. NO SODA AT ALL. (Not even diet soda)
  5. NO FRIED FOODS AT ALL! (No butter either!)

Only 39 grams of carbs per meal!!

Stay away from all sugars and sweeteners such as

Acesulfame-k(Sunette, Sweet and Safe,

Sweet One)AguamielAlcohol, alcoholic drinksAlitameAmasakeArtificial sweeteners 
of any kind-Equal, Splenda
Sweet’n’low, Sweet Thing)
NOTE: All artificial sweeteners are considered sugar in FAAArtificial flavors(check with company)Aspartame/NutraSweetBarley maltCane juiceCaramel coloringConcentrated fruit juiceCorn sweetenerCyclamatesDate paste, syrupDextrinDried/dehydrated fruitEvaporated cane juice(e.g., Florida Crystals)ExtractsFat substitutes (made from concentrated fruit paste)Fructooligosaccharides (FOS)Fruit flavorings (check with company)Fruit juice concentrateGlucoamine/glucosamineGlycerineHoney (any type)Jaggery-ides, any additive with this suffix: monosodium glycerides, olyglycerides,saccharides (any), trisaccharides,diglycerides, disaccharides, glycerides (any), monoglycerides, onosaccharides, etc.Licorice root powder”Light”, “lite” or “low”sugarMalted barleyMaltodextrinsMalts (any)Molasses, black strap molasses”Natural” flavors(call company)”Natural” sweetenersNectarsNeotame-ol, any additive with this suffix:carbitol, glucitol, glycerol, glycol, hexitol, inversol, maltitol, mannitol, sorbitol, xylitol, etc.Olestra (made from sucrose)-ose, these additives with this suffix:colorose, dextrose, fructose, galactose, glucose, lactose, levulose, maltodextrose,maltose, mannose, polydextrose, polytose,

ribose, sucralose, sucrose, tagatose, zylose.Raisin juice, paste or syrupRice malt, sugar or syrupRice sweetenersSaccharin, liquid saccharinSorghumSplenda (Sucralose)SteviaSucanat (evaporated cane juice)SucrarylSugars, any type: apple sugar, barbados sugar, bark sugar,beet sugar, brown sugar (any grade), canesugar, caramel sugars, confectioner’s sugar, date sugar, grape sugar, invertsugar, milled sugar, “natural” sugar, powdered sugar, raw sugar, turbinado sugar, unrefined sugar, etc.Sunenette/Sweet-One (Acesulfame-K)Syrups, any type:agave syrup, barley syrup, brown rice syrup, corn syrup, date syrup, high fructose corn syrup, maple syrup, raisin syrup,yinnie syrup (rice syrup), etc.VanillinWhey (as an additive)Xanthan gumNOTE: All artificial sweeteners are considered sugar in FAA

Suggested drinks are water, carbonated water, herbal tea, decaffeinated coffee or decaffeinated tea.

Clear soup (without sugar) is permitted before lunch or dinner.

Tomato juice or vegetable cocktail juice without sugar may be used as a cooked vegetable substitute. 
1 cup juice =1 cup cooked vegetables.

*Please note: All diet sodas have artificial sweeteners, which are now known to create cravings similar to sugar.


DO NOT WEIGH YOURSELF more than once a week.


Every other day, you must walk (fast paced) or jog 2 miles, be it rain or shine.


Include fish or poultry in your food plan daily if possible.


Beware of products advertised as low-calorie, low-fat, or fat-free. They frequently contain sugar or flour in some form.


The following vegetables are good for you… 

artichoke mushroom
asparagus okra
bamboo shoots onions
beans: (yellow or green) peppers
bok choy pimentos
beets radishes
broccoli rhubarb
brussel sprouts romaine
cabbage rutabaga
carrots sauerkraut
cauliflower snow pea pods
celery spinach
chicory summer squash
chinese cabbage swiss chard
cucumber tomatoes
dill pickles turnips
eggplant vegetable juice
endive water cress
greens *

Finally, feel free to eat the following sources of protein:

Note: Men: Eat 5 oz. of red 
meat and 6 oz. of fish or poultry

beef 4 oz.
chicken 4 oz.
dried beans 1 cup cooked
eggs 2 medium
fish 4 oz.
hot dogs(not sugar cured) 4 oz.
lamb 4 oz.
pork 4 oz.
shellfish 4 oz.
turkey 4 oz.
veal 4 oz.
vegetarian protein(tofu, tempeh) 6 oz.

No “diets”, no cheating… just simply removing my #FoodAddiction from my life completely!!


The TRUTH about domestic violence… (Interview with victim of domestic abuse!)

TV presenter Miquita Oliver in a Women's Aid campaign about domestic violence

It’s 2014. More than ever before, one issue remains almost un-noticed. Abuse in the household. Wether it’s physical, emotional or verbal, it’s still here. Before going into my rant, (and the reason I call it a rant, is because most people simply do not agree with anything I have to say, and honestly I don’t care) I would like to show you the most recent statistics when it comes to domestic violence.

According to :

  • Every 9 seconds in the US a woman is assaulted or beaten.
  • Around the world, at least one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused during her lifetime. Most often, the abuser is a member of her own family.
  • Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women—more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined.
  • Studies suggest that up to 10 million children witness some form of domestic violence annually.
  • Nearly 1 in 5 teenage girls who have been in a relationship said a boyfriend threatened violence or self-harm if presented with a breakup.
  • Everyday in the US, more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends.
  • Ninety-two percent of women surveyed listed reducing domestic violence and sexual assault as their top concern.
  • Domestic violence victims lose nearly 8 million days of paid work per year in the US alone—the equivalent of 32,000 full-time jobs.
  • Based on reports from 10 countries, between 55 percent and 95 percent of women who had been physically abused by their partners had never contacted non-governmental organizations, shelters, or the police for help.
  • The costs of intimate partner violence in the US alone exceed $5.8 billion per year: $4.1 billion are for direct medical and health care services, while productivity losses account for nearly $1.8 billion.
  • Men who as children witnessed their parents’ domestic violence were twice as likely to abuse their own wives than sons of nonviolent parents.


Let that first statistic sink in, take a look at your watch, that means in one single minute, about 7 women have become a victim of domestic violence. That’s not even including child abuse, I’m sure at the numbers would be far greater than 7. What’s even more alarming is the simple fact that most women who experience physical and or emotional abuse are closer to us that we even know. Our sisters, daughters, nieces, cousins and coworkers. The reason we don’t realize that the victims are so close to us is because oftentimes, the abuse is covered up in some shape, form or fashion. Conversations are usually what leads to us finding out things that would normally go unnoticed. I’ve spoken to many women that have made it clear, that “unless you’ve lived through it” you wouldn’t understand why it’s hard to leave the situation. Another thing most wouldn’t understand is the impact it has on the victims self esteem. “Who else is going to want you?”, “You’re ugly, so you’re lucky I’m still with you.” These are statements that the abuser usually delivers in an attempt to tear down every single ounce of self-love you could possibly have left. How often is the term used incorrectly by the victim. What is it that causes they abused victim to confuse love with fear? More importantly, when do you finally have the courage to walk away from something so damaging. How do you love again after you walk away from a violent relationship? In recent months I have noticed a lot of women dying at early ages, some of them mothers of very young children. What happens when the abuser almost takes your life? Recently I had a chance to speak to a victim of domestic violence, someone who almost wouldn’t be here today to tell you their story. What I found was not only shocking but also an awakening experience. There are people that actually live through this on a daily basis. I recall growing up as a child, and witnessing my mother going through a violent relationship before meeting the man she is married to now. I would often refer to her ex as the devil. I thought he was something other than human. I could never understand why we would have to go sleep at my mom’s best friend house sometimes because of the level of fear this man had placed into my mother’s spirit. Why was he so dark, why was his should so evil? How could he look at my beautiful mom and want to hurt her? What could she have done that was so bad that he would want her children to see her walk around with a swollen lip? But my mother was a strong woman, emotionally that is. Would she cry? Yes. Would she ever forgive him? Yes. Would she EVER be with him again? NO. Did it have an effect on my brother and I, in a sense that we too would become abusive? NO. My mother didn’t stay long. After repeatedly have to call her friends for help, and them sending a few guys over with baseball bats, she knew that wasn’t the life she wanted for herself or her boys. I say all of this to say, there is a way out. So here I sat down with my victim of domestic violence, listen to her story without judging, with an open heart, and with understanding that she wants to save lives.

Daitron (Editor of  Considering that you at one time were a victim of physical abuse, and you lived through it. Are you now aware of the smaller signs that eventually lead up to physical abuse? Or would you say there is no real way of knowing if someone could potentially become physically or emotionally  abusive?

Anonymous Victim (Female age 34): Every person is different. I will tell you there are “eyebrow raisers” that make me more attentive. But that means there are also things that simply make me suspect an innocent man. The best way to look at it is trying to compare an insane person to a sane person. You have to be careful not to make one man pay for another’s mistakes and that is much easier said than done!

Daitron (Editor of  How easy is it to be blinded by what you may have thought was love, to the point that you would find yourself overlooking the obvious signs? I’m sure you’ve heard that Faith Evans track “Love is blind”, think of my question from that perspective. Because I honestly feel that the abuser has a way of gaining mind control over his victim, that’s why it’s so easy to believe the apologies etc.

Anonymous Victim (Female age 34): I don’t know that I can answer this…I “liked” my abuser. But I never honestly loved him and he knew this I think. He would TELL me to say “I love you”. I was forced to say it. I did in the beginning WANT us to love each other. Then I got to a point I embraced my hatred for him. That was my fuel. I think in cases where “love is blind” (the Eve and Faith Evans track-one of my favorites) they are talking about the THOUGHT of love. The main character (like most abused women) WANTED love to the point she was willing to turn her back on ppl close to her to try to gain it. The women strong enough to leave usually realizes it’s someone that WILL love them or deserve their love (kids, family, etc.)  Then you have women that don’t really know love. They think it IS love. As far as mind control…..I think the correct term would be FEAR.

Daitron (Editor of  OK, so the fear that you speak of, could it be a fear of being alone because mentally you’ve been destroyed. Mentally you don’t feel like anyone could love you if you were to leave him, so in turn, you find yourself beginning to settle for the abuser? I’ve often read that when a woman is in an abusive situation, (and some men too), that the words that are said to destroy you do start to take an effect on your self esteem?

Anonymous Victim (Female age 34):  The fear starts off as fear of being beaten simply. Then you question “why?” But, of course, before the beating even started, you were torn down emotionally. No one fears that part though. You think you can deal with it. It’s just words. So once the fear sets in, you’re already questioning yourself. Everything about yourself. These results may never go away. An abuser can tell you how you may not dress, and in the same sentence say you’re not attractive! You don’t think about the fact they don’t want anyone else to see you so you must be beautiful, they’ve already gotten in your head. So the emotional affects aren’t realized so soon. The physical pain is the easiest to get over. But, I guess to answer your question, for me, the physical fear is why I stayed initially. But the emotional pain just wasn’t realized. I actually didn’t see that until depression.

Daitron (Editor of  What types of things were you subject to when you were married to an abusive man? What was it that brought you to a point when you had enough? Was it something that happened to make you wake up and realize that you couldn’t stand the abuse anymore? And was your situation JUST physical abuse or emotionally abusive too? Or was it the opposite where he was physically abusive but had a softer, more emotional side that would somehow pull you back in whenever you would finally build up the courage to try to leave?

Anonymous Victim (Female age 34):  I was subject to beatings, verbal abuse, sexual abuse, disrespected in public if a guy spoke to or looked at me too long, having to not make eye contact with ANY man, even with my business (doing hair) NO male clients, and no female clients could have their male counterparts wait while they were serviced. What brought me to my breaking point was my two kids, both girls. My oldest child, then six, was attending school and her gym teacher was my ex’s old gym teacher. He gravitated to her, said he saw potential for her interest in track and field. Because the school was so close she had to walk. And because I wasn’t allowed to work, I walked to and from school everyday. Well, when he (the gym teacher) wanted to discuss anything physical education related with me, he would walk my child out to me. My ex was so messed up, he would sometimes drive by just to see if I was talking to anyone. Not to give us a ride.  I enjoyed the walks with my child, but it’s just the principle. On this particular day I spoke with the teacher and he walked us across the street. We stood in front of a neighbors house chatting while my child played with the neighbors chocolate Labs. After talking to the teacher, I started talking to the neighbor. When I got home and had to explain my action and what I discussed in detail with each person and STILL got smacked…I knew I was done. I was damned if my kids grew up thinking this was right. I was damned if my child couldn’t run track because a man would be her coach. Or if I couldn’t go to her track meet to cheer her on, because I would see men. I had to do better for my kids. I didn’t love him anyway. And he obviously didn’t love me. Why was I there?

Daitron (Editor of  When you built up the strength to leave this situation, what happened that changed your life forever? How did the incident effect your children? How sure were you that you still could walk away after the incident, did it deepen your fear causing you to feel that in order to live you would NEED to take him back? Because I’ve often wondered if a situation like yours was to happen and the victim was to somehow live through it as you did, would that make her even more afraid of losing her life, so she would pretty much have no choice but to stay.

Anonymous Victim (Female age 34):  Well…when I’d had my fill and knew I was out, I called the police with all my protective orders over the years in hand on one night when he’d threatened me over the phone. He called me asking why did I hang up on him saying he had the wrong number. He said I did it twice. He obviously dialed the wrong number and wasn’t smart enough to not recognize it wasn’t my voice or even check his call log to see the mistake was his. Anyway…he threatened to whoop my ass when he got there. So I called the police and had them waiting when he came. I got yet another protective order and they made him leave yet again. What he didn’t expect was me to go to court to have it extended, changing all the locks the next day, and getting an alarm system installed. Ironically, the night before the system was installed, he broke in MY house with MY kids present because I finally answered my phone after his many attemps at calling me, and when he asked if I was serious about this, I told him I sure was. I woke up in MCV a week later. My kids didn’t recognize me. I didn’t have REAL support. Family acted like they cared, but the only person that opened their home and never complained about me and my kids was my cousin. She’s my cousin by marriage and closer to my heart than my cousins by blood. I was at my mom’s house healing (missed my child’s birthday because I was in the hospital) and after two weeks my mom started complaining. I wasn’t supposed to be driving, but I got a ride to my house to pick up my car and went to get an apartment. I couldn’t stay in my home and couldn’t stay at my mom’s so I stayed at my cousins a few days until my apartment came through. I’ve never looked back and spend my life trying to show my girls how to become their own boss in both employment and life. The man I have in my life now makes me feel worshipped. He truly spoils me and not just with gifts, he spoils me with love. I often wonder had my life not have been the way it was…if I would appreciate him the way I do? He truly accepts me “Flaws and All” and he has some hard days with me still struggling with my past emotional pain.

Daitron (Editor of  Can you elaborate a little more on what happened that night? People need to know how serious your abuse got.

Anonymous Victim (Female age 34): He broke in the house. When I heard the glass door shatter, I called 911. I knew it was him. I hung up on them so he wouldn’t know I called and went to go to my children and saw him coming before I got down the stairs. I ran back up and tried to lock myself in the room. He broke the door completely down. The upstairs had one of my kids rooms and my room connected by the bathroom, so when I went in the bathroom and locked the door, he went through the other room and knocked that door down. Then he grabbed me by the hair and dragged me down the stairs (kids were in their room downstairs). They were so used to this that they just sat there looking scared. I tried to run to them, but realized that was a mistake when he grabbed me. He threw me into the kitchen onto the floor. It gets fuzzy there, because the kitchen was white and all the appliances white and things were so fuzzy, I couldn’t see. I just heard the dishwasher open and close and the drawers open and silverware rattling. When I woke in the hospital, I had a neck brace, head wrapped, and bandages everywhere. Only thing I can remember from the hospital is my aunt screaming over me, “why are you just letting her lay in all that blood?!?!”, my kids not wanting to come to me when I reached for them, and being wheeled out at discharge. If anyone is going through anything even MILDLY similar, talk to someone. Not ANYONE, but someone who truly cares. That can help you. I’ve never used the help lines…but if you have no one, USE THEM. It could mean your life…is it worth your life?!  


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